Vantaggi dell'abbonamento Vantaggi dell'abbonamento
  • Accedi ad un universo di contenuti audio, senza limiti d'ascolto.
  • Ascolta dove vuoi, quando vuoi, anche offline.
  • Dopo i primi 30 giorni gratis l’iscrizione si rinnova automaticamente a EUR 9,99 al mese.
  • Cancella la tua iscrizione in ogni momento.

Sintesi dell'editore

'I’m a barrister, a job which requires the skills of a social worker, relationship counsellor, arm twister, hostage negotiator, named driver, bus fare provider, accountant, suicide watchman, coffee supplier, surrogate parent and, on one memorable occasion, whatever the official term is for someone tasked with breaking the news to a prisoner that his girlfriend has been diagnosed with gonorrhoea.'

Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving and ultimately life-changing.

How can you defend a child abuser you suspect to be guilty? What do you say to someone sentenced to 10 years whom you believe to be innocent? What is the law, and why do we need it? 

And why do they wear those stupid wigs?

From the criminals to the lawyers, the victims, witnesses and officers of the law, here is the best and worst of humanity, all struggling within a broken system which would never be off the front pages if the public knew what it was really like. 

Both a searing firsthand account of the human cost of the criminal justice system and a guide to how we got into this mess, The Secret Barrister wants to show you what it’s really like and why it really matters.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2018 The Secret Barrister (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

 "Eye-opening, damning and hilarious." (Tim Shipman, author of All Out War and Fall Out

Cosa ne pensano gli iscritti

Non ci sono recensioni disponibili
Ordina per:
  • Totali
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Halfgirlhalfwotsit
  • 26 03 2018

A funny, interesting narrative about life as a barrister

It wasn’t what I thought I was buying but I was unexpectedly hooked from the beginning.
I thought it would be a confessional type thing but it was a highly informative, amusing and sometimes sad look at the British judicial system and how lacking it can be. What I have been left pondering is the truism of ‘better a guilty man go free than an innocent man be wrongly convicted’
I really want to do jury service now!

16 su 16 utenti hanno ritenuto utile questa recensione

  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • london
  • 29 03 2018

everyone one should read

i cannot express strongly enough how important this book is. buy it. read it. share it and absorb what it says and means. you never know when its implications will affect you or those you love

11 su 11 utenti hanno ritenuto utile questa recensione

  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kirstine
  • 06 06 2018

A superb dissection of the English legal system

I found this a riveting account of the strengths and weaknesses of the English legal system in criminal cases. The author writes with verve and passion that kept me gripped throughout. He charts the history of how English law has evolved over the centuries and how it differs from that in other countries before dissecting the failures in how it operates in the 21st century.

While many things are to be lauded about English Law in practice it is abundantly clear from this book that excessive financial cuts are undermining justice. It is a telling statistic, that the cost of giving the over 75s free TV licences costs more than the funds allocated to run the Crown Prosecution Service. The latter creaking under the weight of too much work and too few people to do it so that justice is compromised. Cuts to the police and legal aid budgets mean that trials are not adequately prepared. Cynical politicians, who respond to populist opinion fuelled by the gutter press calculate that they can cut the justice budget to the bone without losing votes. The popular view of fat-cat lawyers obviously does not apply to those toiling in criminal cases.

The author gives chilling examples of people wrongly accused of a crime who don’t qualify for legal aid (a facility greatly curtailed by recent governments) who even when found innocent are left massively out of pocket with no redress. Even worse are those wrongly convicted, often spending many years in prison, who eventually are shown to be innocent but don’t qualify for any compensation as penny-pinching governments made the criteria to be eligible for compensation so stringent that few receive any redress.

I greatly enjoyed this book but was left depressed by the spectre of even more miscarriages of justice occurring owing to sub-standard trial preparation.

The narrator is excellent and injects the text with the justifiable outrage felt by the author.

3 su 3 utenti hanno ritenuto utile questa recensione

  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • j
  • 04 05 2018

Everyone should read this book

You never know when it could be you or your loved one who is a victim of crime or accused of a crime. The failings of our justice system in its current state will affect all.
Fantastic read.

1 su 1 utenti hanno ritenuto utile questa recensione

  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Simon Caldwell
  • 03 05 2018

Excellent in sight into a world we pray to avoid

Such a fascinating listen. The author clearly loves a system that needs some urgent help and they get it across in a humorous style. The system sounds frankly terrifying and I hope I'm never involved. It is well narrated, with the tone of the author excellently reflected. Must listen to anyone interested in our legal system.

1 su 1 utenti hanno ritenuto utile questa recensione

  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • PJ0185
  • 30 04 2018

"The criminal justice system is on its knees"

What made the experience of listening to The Secret Barrister the most enjoyable?

Not enjoyable but shocking what a perilous state our criminal justice system is in. The author has articulated the chronic situation in a way the laymen can understand. Compulsive reading (listening).

What other book might you compare The Secret Barrister to, and why?

"The end of the World" A guide to Armeggedon.

What about Jack Hawkins’s performance did you like?

Well read and appropriate. Assuming the SB is a young man.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry, almost. If, like me, you had a misty-eyed sense of British justice you are in for a shock. Basically don't be a witness and be very fearful of being taken to a criminal (or worse, magistrates) court for a crime you didn't commit.

1 su 1 utenti hanno ritenuto utile questa recensione

  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nick
  • 21 06 2018

Great insight in to an outdated and flawed system

Working for the police for over 14 years I have been to court many times and have a basic understanding of it's working practices. This however was a great insight in to the constraints placed on the individuals that try their hardest to make an outdated and flawed system work. Would recommend if this is an area of interest to you!

  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Fiona
  • 21 06 2018

Holy fuck

That was really, really well worth a listen. All at once it is illuminating, disturbing and essential.

  • Totali
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Fay
  • 21 06 2018

Brilliant

A real eye opener to the current to state of our criminal justice system and how we got here

  • Totali
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Interpretazione
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ms p i guilfoyle
  • 19 06 2018

Poor poor barristers

Absolutely without humour but got me to sleep ok, and can’t believe how he has tried to make out that solicitors and barristers are really not paid very much at all !